St. Michael’s College in Colchester is named after the angel who booted Lucifer out of Heaven.
But some say the eternal battle between good and evil is still being fought at the school.
First they drew a pentagram on the floor and punctuated each point with a candle. Then – perhaps nervously -- began their Satanic séance.
Terrified, they ran away.
When word got around, the Edmundite priests investigated. They removed the chalk-inscribed pentagram, dowsed everything with holy water, said appropriate prayers, and locked the attic.
End of story? Well, not yet...
Over the years alumnus Brian Andersen has pieced together a more complete version of the events. He says the trouble started in 1971 or 72, when a visiting Satanist got some students interested in devil worship and the power it might bring them.
He broke up the event, and sent the students on their way.
But a few weeks later – when the dorm was shut up for the Christmas holiday -- they were back! The same Resident Assistant heard voices chanting. He grabbed a flashlight and headed up to investigate.
Someone had smashed the lock on the attic door.
While waiting for campus security, he peeked in. The flickering candles illuminated a cluster of crouched figures. At the center of the pentagram was a terrifying sight.
A body! A maimed sheep in a pool of blood. A sacrifice.
This time the priests came down hard. All involved were immediately expelled. The priests then went up to perform if not an actual exorcism, at least a cleansing ritual involving holy water, crosses, and as much as 24 hours of constant prayer.
That’s the story. Is it true? Brian Andersen is convinced that it is. Some people insist the pentagram is still there and the “evil” is still active.
Yet others believe the “Dark Knights” -- as the intruders have come to be called -- were not trying to summon anything. Rather, they were trying to keep something away, to close a portal between this world and some other.
Who can say for sure? But one thing is certainly true: it’s a great addition to Vermont’s Hallowe’en scare stories.
© 2010 by Joseph A. Citro